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SB holds youth leadership forum

The annual review of the Security Bureau Youth Uniformed Group Leaders Forum was held today, with Acting Chief Executive Chan Kwok-ki giving a speech.   Mr Chan reported that the forum had organised nearly 20 activities over the past year, including courses and training camps run by the bureau’s disciplined services and auxiliary services, and seminars on the country’s Constitution, the Basic Law and the Hong Kong National Security Law. It also organised visits to Beijing, Shaanxi and Greater Bay Area cities, allowing participants to learn more about national affairs and broaden their horizons.   He said he was pleased to note that the bureau plans to strengthen co-operation between the Leaders Forum and Shenzhen University to enhance exchanges between youths in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, deepening their understanding of the development opportunities in the bay area and increasing Hong Kong’s integration into national development.   Noting that members had undergone significant grow

SJ visits GZ courts

Secretary for Justice Paul Lam headed a Hong Kong legal sector delegation on a visit to Guangzhou today.   Mr Lam first called on the People’s Government of Guangdong Province in the morning and met Guangdong Province Vice-Governor Wang Zhizhong.   Apart from discussing matters on enhancing the work of the working group on Guangdong-Hong Kong co-operation on legal and dispute resolution services and on the preparation for the fifth Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) Legal Departments Joint Conference, both sides also exchanged views on ways to take forward the GBA Legal Professional Examination’s trial measures.   The Department of Justice will promote the alignment of rules, harmonisation of mechanisms and exchange of talent in the GBA and also encourage the Hong Kong legal sector to anchor to the principle of “learning, sharing, and exploring” in order to further contribute to the bay area's high-quality development, Mr Lam said.   In the afternoon, Mr Lam visited the Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court where he joined a roundtable meeting with the court’s President Hong Shiquan, Vice President Li Chisen and other officials.   During the session, Deputy Director of Intellectual Property Thomas Tsang shared the latest developments of Hong Kong’s legal regime on intellectual property rights, while representatives from the Hong Kong legal sector shared practical experience in handling intellectual property cases, such as the difficulties in verifying expert evidence.   Representatives from the Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court also told the participants about the latest development on the legal protection of intellectual property rights in the Mainland and in the adjudication of foreign-related intellectual property rights cases.   Moreover, Mr Lam agreed to further promote the use of mediation to resolve disputes on intellectual property rights and strengthen stakeholders’ collaboration on the proof of Hong Kong law and Mainland law, thereby facilitating the handling of legal matters relating to intellectual property rights in the bay area in a more efficient manner.   Separately, at the Guangzhou Internet Court, Mr Lam was briefed by the court’s Vice President Tian Hui on the court’s organisation, scope of cases, notable decisions, and online mediation and litigation.   He then met President of the High People’s Court of Guangdong Province Zhang Haibo. The two sides agreed to deepen collaboration, explore different modes of co-operation and exchanges, and jointly contribute to strengthening the rule of law in the bay area.   The delegation will continue its visit in Shenzhen tomorrow.

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